Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) program

DRIL program

What is the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages program?Adnyamathanha storytelling

The Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Program has been created to support the long-term maintenance of Australian Aboriginal languages.

This innovative training program is available to Aboriginal and mainland Torres Strait Islander people in communities and organisations who want to develop, run and manage their own language projects. The people who take part in this program also learn to share their skills with other people in their own communities and organisations. In this way, more and more people will have the skills to develop and run their own language projects.


Learn more about DRIL

You can learn more about the way the DRIL training program runs and the 44 modules we currently offer by clicking here.


DRIL languages, locations and workshop schedule

The DRIL program has supported approximately eighty-six languages across Australia in partnership with individuals, communities and organisations. The map on the right shows the sites where we are training in 2014. Click on the blue links below to learn more about where we've been running our workshops.

DRIL training sites Nov 20142015 workshops — You can see our 2015 training schedule here.

2014 workshops — We ran another very full year of training in 2014, with 40 DRIL workshops and 2 professional development workshops.

2013 workshops — The DRIL program has continued to expand, and 25 DRIL workshops were held in 2013.

2012 workshops — Following the successful pilot program, we opened the DRIL training program up to national participation in January 2012 and ran 14 workshops through that year.

DRIL pilot — The DRIL program was tested, evaluated and modified in 12 pilot workshops that ran from October 2010-November 2011 in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


Professional Development

The DRIL training team is running a series of Professional Development workshops with DRIL participants from around Australia. The goals of these workshops are to:

- strengthen the participants' skills in linguistics, language documentation and revitalisation methods, and language teaching, and to

- build the participants' capacity to become trainers and share their skills with other people in their families, communities and workplaces.

In 2014, two Professional Development workshops were held from January 14-21 and November 18-25.

In 2015, an advanced Professional Development workshop will be held from July 6-16 with the 2014 participants, to increase their skills in language teaching and linguistics. A new cohort of trainees will enter this program through a workshop to be held in October 2015.


Nationally accredited training programs

10541NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces is a nationally recognised training program owned by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Inc.

We are in the process of developing two additional nationally accredited certificates:

Certificate II in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program has been submitted for national accreditation

Certificate IV in Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages is now under development

The non-accredited, Flexible pathway will continue to be offered alongside the accredited pathways.


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DRIL staff and Consultation Group

Follow this link to learn more about the DRIL trainers, and the Consultation Group members who are helping us develop the accredited pathway for DRIL.


Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Resource Room

Participants in training workshops are given login access to the DRIL Resource Room. This site provides details of each workshop and video and PDF learning resources for each DRIL module.


Contact RNLD

Please contact RNLD if you are interested in participating in this training program.